shining the spotlight on short story collections
Congratulations… to Deborah Kay Davies, whose debut short story collection, Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful, has won the 2009 Wales Book of the Year.
and to Pasha Malla, who scooped the Canadian Trillium Book Award for his debut collection, The Withdrawal Method.
If you’re inspired by these wins, here are some short story collection competitions whose deadlines are approaching:
June 30th The Drue Heinz Literature Prize
“The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world. The award is open to writers who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals.”
July 15/Nov 15th The Story Prize
Eligibility for The Story Prize is restricted to collections of short fiction (at least two stories and/or novellas) by a living author, written in English. Eligible books must be first publication of the work in the United States during the calendar year, in either hardcover or paperback, and available for purchase by the general public. Collections must also include work previously unpublished in book form.
August 1st The Scotiabank Giller Prize
“The Scotiabank Giller Prize is worth $70,000 (Cdn) annually. A purse of $50,000 is awarded to the author of the best Canadian full-length novel or collection of short stories published in English. Each of the finalists will receive $5,000.”
August 7th The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
“Established in 1997, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize recognizes Canadian writers of exceptional talent for the year’s best novel or short-story collection.”
See the full Short Review list of contests and awards for short story collections here.